Historic School with Academic Variety
The creative spirit of New York City's historic Pratt Institute is infused in its art and design education program -- where teaching is respected as a creative process unto itself. Students benefit from small class sizes -- with an average class ratio of 10:1 -- combined with the academic variety afforded by the second largest independent college of art, design, and architecture in the United States. Pratt Institute in total serves approximately 4,800 students across 4 different schools; the graduate school itself is home to about 1,400 students.
Multi-disciplinary Art and Design Education Program
The graduate art and design education program strives to prepare artists and designers to serve learners in settings as diverse as urban schools, museums, early childhood classes, and community programs. In addition, students may use the curriculum as a springboard toward complementary careers such as arts administration, design, instructional technology, visual literacy, art therapy, and special education.
The art and design education curriculum draws extensively from other creative disciplines, inspiring budding teachers through fields such as literature, folklore, philosophy, and anthropology. Students learn to bring art and design teaching to life through techniques of narrative, autobiography, play, and performance.
Examples of classes include "Literacy and Language Acquisition in the Art Classroom," "Play and Performance: From Childhood to Pedagogy," and "The Teacher in Film and Fiction."
The faculty brings wide ranging practical experience into the classroom. This multi-faceted approach is exemplified by the department's chair, Heather Lewis. Heather Lewis's teaching and research integrate the history of education, art and design, and urban development through the prism of New York City's urban communities and their changes over time. Assistant professor Theodora Skipitares is a multimedia artist, whose work has been exhibited and performed throughout Europe, Asia, and South America. She has won awards for design and playwrighting.
Visiting professors add their influences, with their backgrounds in areas such as performance studies, philosophy, and graphic design.
Program Geared Toward Certification
The masters program is geared toward initial (entry-level) certification for classroom teaching, the first step toward attaining a professional (highest level) teaching certificate.
Unique Practice Teaching Opportunities
Practice teaching takes place in the creative "laboratory" that is Pratt's Saturday Art School, a popular 100-plus year-old tradition among New York City children. Student teachers test ideas and develop their personal teaching styles as they work with preschool through high school children.
The Pratt students, supervised by faculty, engage their young art students through a wide variety of media, techniques, and approaches such as visual storytelling, explorations in sculpture media, cartooning, illustration, printmaking, creative writing, performance, and even puppetry.
Pratt graduate students comprise a cosmopolitan community -- 46 percent of the students come from nearly 53 countries -- and, as a whole, come from a broad spectrum of career and educational backgrounds.
Green Urban Campus, Conveniently Located
Pratt is located in Clinton Hill, on a 25-acre campus of green lawns, trees, and historic buildings in a premier renovated Victorian neighborhood in Brooklyn. Students can enjoy a traditional campus experience while being just 25 minutes from midtown Manhattan.
Valuable Professional Connections
The school's convenient proximity to Manhattan enables Pratt to attract acclaimed artists to teach and participate as visiting lecturers. As a result, students make valuable professional connections throughout their academic careers.
In addition, Pratt's large active alumni base of about 26,000 includes such notable artists such as cartoonist/playwright Jules Feiffer, actor/playwright Harvey Fierstein, fashion designer Betsey Johnson, painter Peter Max, and actor/director Robert Redford.
Pratt alumni work in settings such as public and private schools, exhibition design, curriculum planning, arts administration, publishing, and community arts programs. A sample of employers includes the NYC Board of Education, The American School in Tokyo, Phoenix Public Schools, Wadsworth Atheneum, Baylor University, and Arcadia University.
Commitment to Sustainability
Pratt Institute has made a determined commitment to sustainability and, as such, has been recognized by "The Princeton Review" and the United States Green Building Council as one of 286 "Green Colleges." In support of this commitment, Pratt is working to: reduce its greenhouse gases by 30 percent, envision plans for a carbon neutral campus, build campus-wide intelligence around sustainability, and ensure that ecological literacy becomes a central tenet of design education.
All accepted graduate students may be considered for merit-based scholarships, most of which are one-year scholarships. Amounts range by department. Assistantships and endowed scholarships are also available, according to particular criteria.
A Variety of Housing Options
Apartment-style graduate housing is available on a limited basis in the Grand Avenue Residence Hall. Off-campus options include apartments, sometimes in New York's unique brownstones and loft properties.
Degrees & Awards
|Master's Degree Requirements||Portfolio|
TOEFL Paper score: 600
TOEFL IBT score: 100
Tuition & Fees
|Financial award applicants must submit:||FAFSA|
|Application deadlines for financial awards||February 1|
|Types of financial support available||
Health Care Benefits
Scholarship and/or loans
|Black or African American||5%|
|White or Caucasian||40%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||Not Reported|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||Not Reported|
|Two or more races||5%|